The Tennessee Titans are expected to release former pro bowl running back, Chris Johnson and the reports all indicate that he should be released today. Pro Football talk is reporting that Johnson is on his way to Tennessee,rultimately to be released. Here’s some tweets on the news.
Release could be coming as Chris Johnson tweets he’s traveling to Tennessee http://t.co/6TeMSbBpJN
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 4, 2014
So between possible extension for Pete Carroll and the expected release of Titans RB Chris Johnson, Friday will be another slow day in NFL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2014
So the real question is, should the Chiefs be interested in Chris Johnson? He was set to make $8 million this year, which is why Tennessee didn’t have success with trading him. Johnson (26) is still in the prime of his career but, has seen a steep drop in production since his 2009 season where he earned offensive player of the year. He had a solid season last year, rushing for 1,077 yards and 6 td’s (stats via NFL.com), and we all remember his fluke catch and run against the Chiefs.
Which brings up another good point, his ability to make plays out of the backfield, much like Jamaal Charles. Imagine what Andy Reid could do with Jamaal Charles and Chris Johnson in the backfield at the same time. Opposing defenses would have a hard time matching that much speed, instantly turning Kansas City into one of the most explosive offenses in the league. The problem with this dream scenario is what has plagued the Chiefs all free agency period. The money.
As mentioned before, Johnson had a salary number of $8 million this year, another $8 million next year and $7 million in 2016. Johnson is on the record saying he will not take less money but, he’s about to face the harsh reality of life as a running back in the NFL. The market for Johnson will be very small and no one is going to pay him anything close to $8 million a year.
Perhaps the Chiefs could offer Johnson a one year deal that pays him close to $2 million, which is reasonable for a player that has a lot to prove. Realistically, Kansas City won’t have any interest in Johnson because of money, and not wanting to have a crowded back field. Knile Davis made some nice strides down the stretch of last season, proving that he can be effective when Jamaal Charles needs a break.
The Chiefs also won’t be getting into a bidding war for Johnson, as they already proved with DeSean Jackson. A team like St. Louis, or the Raiders (go figure, they have the cash to throw at him) are likely to be the ones most interested in Chris Johnsons talents. Should be interesting to see how this all unfolds over the next week or so.
What are your thoughts on this? Should the Chiefs be considering Chris Johnson as a new weapon on offense and could you see this happening? Or would you say no all together, which is likely to happen with the Chiefs.